Book Swap Play Dates
Book Swap Play Dates
What is a Book Swap Play Date?
A Book Swap Play Date is a great way to combine meeting up with friends and their children and sharing books you have loved.
The books will all get laid out and the children will take turns to choose books to take home.
Book Swap Play Dates are really easy to organise and are lots of fun. Read our ‘Top Tips for organising a Book Swap Play Date‘ to help you plan your Play Date.
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To help you organise your Book Swap Play Date we have designed some colourful invitations that you can send to your friends and their children.
To edit the invitations, simply:
- Open the invitation here
- Enter the names of the sender and addressee; as well as the date, time, location and RSVP details of your event
- Print the invitation
Please ensure that you comply with our Reprint Policy.
Or you could have lots of fun making the invitations yourselves. You could encourage your children to draw pictures of characters from their favourite books on the invites. They could also add a message to say how excited they are about seeing their friends at the Book Swap Play Date.
Top Tips for Organising a Book Swap Play Date
Invite your friends and their children to the Book Swap Play Date. The ‘Stationery’ section above has some invites you can print or email.
2. The Books
Each child could bring one book to exchange or you could suggest that they each bring a certain number of books, perhaps three. The more books there are, the more choice there will be for the children and the more stories they will be able to share with each other about the books they have enjoyed.
It’s also a really good idea to try and encourage people to bring a variety of books to the Book Swap Play Date – board books, paperback, hardback, fiction and non-fiction.
3. A Message
It would be lovely if each child wrote (with help if needed) a message in the book saying what they had enjoyed most about reading it.
They could write the messages before the Play Date or you could do it as an activity at the Play Date before the swapping begins. Just make sure you have some pens/pencil crayons at the ready!
4. Taking turns
To decide the order in which the children will pick books you could get them to pick straws, or pick a number out of a hat/bag, or pick a playing card from a deck of cards.
If there is going to be more than one book for each child, you could reverse the order on the second round of choosing and for a third round of choosing could pick straws again etc.
The important thing is to make sure it is done fairly and that the children understand how it will work. The aim of the Book Swap Play Date is to have lots of fun with books – disagreements are not welcome at the Book Swap!
6. Food and drink
You could provide some delicious, healthy snacks and drinks for the children to enjoy at the Book Swap Play Date.
7. Left over books
At the end of the Book Swap Play Date you might have some books left over, as children might bring more books than they want to go home with.
There are lots of ideas for what you could do with the left over books. You could donate them to a local school, local library or charity shop. Or you could keep them for your next Book Swap Play Date.
8. Have fun!!
The most important thing is for everyone to have lots of fun. So adapt these Top Tips to what will work best for you and the children that are coming along.